“With inimitable style and grace, my dear Godmother Miss Cicely Tyson made her grand exit to the heavens,” Lenny wrote. “She lived a remarkable life up to the last moment. A true pioneer, who bared her heart and soul so we could witness the spirit of the characters she so brilliantly portrayed, which continue to move and inspire generations.”
Along with his post, Lenny shared several photos of he and Cicely hugging over the years along with a photo of her memoir Just As I Am, which she released just two days before her passing.
“A Black queen who showed us how beautiful black is. The love between us was and is tremendous,” Lenny continued. “As long as I have had consciousness, I’ve known Godmother. She and my mother were kindred spirits. Sisters. And after my mother passed, Godmother’s role in my life was amplified. I constantly felt her spirit over me. She always gave me unconditional support. She came to my shows, came over for holidays, met me for dinners, stayed with me in Paris when I first moved there, and never let me too far out of her sight.”
“Our phone calls went on sometimes for hours. We spoke just a few nights ago and talked about everything. She had just sent me her book that has been sitting on my nightstand where it will remain,” Lenny concluded. “She did it all, wrote the book, and then God called her. I can hear Godmother saying ‘ok, now y’all can read about it, I’m going home’. Rest peacefully, Godmother. You did it all exquisitely #CicelyTyson”
You can read how other celebrities are remembering Cicely Tyson here.